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Valley Animal Center: Sascha’s Adventure

FROM THE April 8 ISSUE

IN THE Animal Rescue Adventures SECTION

by Joseph Riloquio


Sascha is a three-year old female American Staffordshire mix who came to Valley Animal Center in January 2017. Though many of our pets have amazing stories of how they came to our family of adoptables, Sascha’s is truly special.
When one rescue is in need, another is there to lend a helping hand. Sascha came to Valley Animal Center all the way from North Carolina! She was originally rescued from a dog-fighting club by a rescue called Charlie’s K-9 Camp, in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

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Murder at Turtle Cove By Kathi Daley: Review/Giveaway

FROM THE April 8 ISSUE

IN THE Food Fun SECTION

by Kathleen Costa


Early morning in Hawaii is so peaceful…the colorful sunrise, swaying palms, gentle movement of the ocean waves, but…Shhhark! Kailani Pope decides to get a couple of surfing runs in before heading off to work at the Dolphin Bay Resort, but one shark fin leads to another, leads to a dozen. Quietly she watches the early morning breakfast frenzy near shore, and so does Sandy, her barking dog. When the sharks head off, Lani slowly heads into shore, but Sandy leaps into the surf and drags in…an arm! The tattoo is unique to a food truck vendor, Blaze Whitmore, whose undercutting the competition may have gotten him served up as lunch!

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Caramel Crush By Jenn McKinlay: Review/Giveaway/Guest Post

FROM THE April 8 ISSUE

IN THE Cynthia Chow SECTION

by Cynthia Chow


The path towards love often is a rocky one, and as evidence one needs only to look within the doors of Fairy Tale Cupcakes bakery. Melanie Cooper’s best friend and business partner Tate Harper is finally marrying Angie DeLaura, but her uncharacteristic transformation into a bridezilla has everyone ducking for cover. Even more unsettling is the demand by Mel’s former UCLA roommate, Diane Earnest, to create and deliver engagement breakup cupcakes to her soon-to-be-ex-boyfriend.

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Little Toto Came With Allergies, Arthritis & Neurosis–Oh My!

FROM THE April 8 ISSUE

IN THE Pets SECTION

by Amber Kingsley


One of my most cherished childhood memories growing up was watching The Wizard of Oz and waiting to see it again every spring. Many decades later, I rescued an eight-year-old, little, black dog, a purebred Cairn Terrier (aka Toto from the Wizard of Oz). Before I even met the little mutt, albeit this is a purebred dog, I was already smitten with the concept of this precious pooch.

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Purr M for Murder By T. C. LoTempio: Review/Giveaway

FROM THE April 8 ISSUE

IN THE Mysteryrat's Maze SECTION

by Sandra Murphy


After Sydney’s engagement imploded, she quit her job and went back home to help her sister, Cat, run the local animal shelter. Donations are down so a little PR work can surely keep the doors open. With the help of the bakery owner, a pop up cat café is scheduled. Those who want to grab and run can still get coffee and a pastry to go; those who want a more relaxed start to the day can get their drinks and food and go into the designated cat room. Cats, of course, have their own treats.

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Easter Eggs

FROM THE April 8 ISSUE

IN THE Food Fun SECTION

by Shawn Reilly Simmons


Easter is one of my favorite holidays. Not only is it a fun day with the family, usually accompanied by a great meal, it also signals that winter is definitely done and spring is upon us.

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Death in Advertising By Laura Bradford: Review/Giveaway

FROM THE April 8 ISSUE

IN THE Cynthia Chow SECTION

by Cynthia Chow


Ever since she designed a lemonade stand slogan as a ten-year-old, Tobi Tobias’s dream has been to work in advertising. The past six months since finally opening the Tobias Ad Agency have been bleak though, and if Tobi doesn’t land a client soon, she’s going to be out of business. It seems within her grasp when Tobi creates the perfect marketing campaign for the Zander Closet Company, owned by the almost-as-perfect Andrew Zander and his overly charming brother Gary.

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Reedley High School Golf Team

FROM THE April 8 ISSUE

IN THE Education SECTION

by Cameron Calvillo




For years now, the Reedley High Boys Golf Team has brought pride back to the Pirates. And this year, when the golf courses are greener than ever, they look to do it again.
Every year since 2011, Reedley High has been the league champion in golf, except for the heart break in 2014 when Hoover claimed the title.

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The Art of Vanishing By Cynthia Kuhn: Review/Giveaway/Interview

FROM THE April 8 ISSUE

IN THE Cynthia Chow SECTION

by Cynthia Chow


Stone Dale University is hosting their annual “Twenty-first Century Arts and Culture Series,” which entails conducting workshops and bringing in prestigious speakers for Arts Week. American Literature professor Lila Maclean has been ordered by her chancellor to interview the famous author Damon Von Tussel, who decades ago wrote one much-lauded novel in his twenties and only now has released a new collection of prose.

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Local Actor Amalie Larsen: She’s Always Loved a Musical

FROM THE April 8 ISSUE

IN THE Lorie Lewis Ham SECTION

by Lorie Lewis Ham


This Valley is blessed with an incredible amount of talented performers, artists, and writers, and one of those talented performers is local actor Amalie Larson. While she is currently a full time grad student at Fresno State working toward her Masters in geology, and a mom, she has also appeared in many productions in the area over the years.

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Never Miss a Chick: An Easter Mystery Short Story

FROM THE April 8 ISSUE

IN THE Mysteryrat's Maze SECTION

by Madeline McEwen


Archibald Brown, a chimney sweep, had retired in the very last house on Windermere Lane deep in the heart of the Devonshire countryside in England. Living alone in the village of Lustingleigh, he rarely, if ever, had the opportunity to welcome a visitor and share any of his many memories, what his dearly departed wife called, “Tall tales,” like the time he had a brush with a golden opportunity.

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Striking Out, An Acorn TV Original

FROM THE April 8 ISSUE

IN THE Kathleen Costa SECTION

by Kathleen Costa


ACORN-TV provides hundreds of the best programming options including news & reviews, mysteries, dramas, comedies, documentaries, foreign language, feature films and some programs only available or original to ACORN-TV. The regular monthly or annual subscription fees are very reasonable, and with hours of commercial-free streaming enjoyment for the true fans of UK productions, you won’t be wondering, “What’s on the telly tonight?”

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The Christians Presented by StageWorks Fresno

FROM THE April 5 ISSUE

IN THE Lorie Lewis Ham SECTION

by Lorie Lewis Ham


When you walk into the Bonner Auditorium the set makes you feel as though you have stepped into a church. When the show begins with the choir singing, and the pastors walk down the aisle shaking hands, then you feel even more like you have accidentally walked into a church service. But instead, you are at the StageWorks Fresno production of the play The Christians.

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Animal Rescue of Fresno: Finding Forever Homes at the Home & Garden Show

FROM THE April 1 ISSUE

IN THE Animal Rescue Adventures SECTION

by Wendy Hunter


Anyone who says that size doesn’t matter, never spent three long days in a building the length of an airplane hangar, while crammed into a tiny space the size of a postage stamp. Thus began the great 2017 Fresno Home & Garden Show, where the spas are spacious, the crowds are colossal, and the cinnamon rolls are bigger than your head. At the Fairgrounds early in March, it seemed like almost everything was larger than life. Well, except for our 10×10 baby booth, which had just enough room for a couple volunteers and a handful of dogs; but only if you held your breath.

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The Cloud: A Rat Short Story In Honor of World Rat Day

FROM THE April 1 ISSUE

IN THE Diana Hockley SECTION

by Diana Hockley


The little beady-eyed creep irritated the hell out of me. If he hadn’t been one heck of a technician, I would have had him transferred to another department. Much as I liked to hear the figures on the monitors squeal, prolonged listening got old pretty quickly.

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Peter and the Starcatcher On Stage at Roger Rocka’s

FROM THE April 1 ISSUE

IN THE Terrance V. Mc Arthur SECTION

by Terrance McArthur



Did you ever wonder how Peter Pan, Captain Hook, and Tinkerbell got to be what they were, and how they all got to Neverland? Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson did, and they wrote Peter and the Starcatcher. Rick Elice adapted it, with music by Wayne Barker, for the stage as Peter and the Starcatcher, and it now sails into Roger Rocka’s Dinner Theatre as a Good Company Players production, helmed by Emily Pessano as director.

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